The British marque Aston Martin is one of the most iconic names in the industry, with a host of famous cars. The DB lineup of Aston Martins (named after David Brown, one of the most influential figures in the company’s history who was famous for his legendary GTs) is an especially iconic collection that has transcended the space (the DB5 defined Sean Connery’s stint as James Bond). The DB12, AKA the world’s first “super tourer,” was announced very recently, just this last May, and now the rumors of a convertible option have been confirmed with the Aston Martin DB12 Volante.
This convertible was developed alongside the DB12 coupe, and you’ll see many similarities. What’s different (as you may have guessed) is the open-top, which Aston Martin is calling the “K-fold” roof after the two-stage folding process used to get a 260mm stack height. This roof has eight layers of insulation fabric that have been acoustically enhanced, and it automatically retracts in just 16 seconds and opens in 14 seconds. Aston Martin has also updated the adaptive dampers, added chassis bracing to improve handling, and the mounting points for all the suspension attachments have also been upgraded.
Making a return from the coupe, the Volante has a 4.0L twin turbo V8 with 590lb-ft of torque and 671 horsepower. This engine gets from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 202mph. Aston Martin’s latest infotainment system and the Bowers & Wilkins sound system are also back. At launch, there will be four exterior hood colors that you can select from; black will be the standard color, or you can choose between red, blue, or black and silver.
Production for the Aston Martin DB12 Volante will begin during Q3 of this year, with deliveries following shortly after during Q4.